Here's a near blow-by-blow timeline of my upgrade process from Windows XP Windows Media Edition to Windows Vista Ultimate Edition. I upgraded using a DVD burned from the production ISO file.
- 1321 - Typed in activation code. The installer looked at my system and identified potential upgrade issues. The interesting thing about this is that the list was a bit different from the one the Vista Upgrade Advisor created. It did not, for example, list nVidia Networking as a possible problem. And, it added the Sun Java Scheduler as a possible problem. Another addition that did not show up in the Adivsor output was the nVideo Display driver.
- 1326 - File copying began
- 1333 - Getting files 19% done
- 1340 - Getting files 67% done
- 1344 - The screen fills with a blue gradient fill and the words Upgrading Windows appears
- 1347 - Expanding files 21% done
- 1359 - Expanding files 93% done
- 1400 - Installing features and updates phase
- 1401 - The PC rebooted on its own
- 1403 - The message "Please wait a moment" appears
- 1405 - The screen background changes to black and then changes to "Completing upgrade"
- 1415 - Completing upgrade 28% done
- 1426 - Completing upgrade 46% done
- 1432 - Ack, I left the external USB hard drive plugged in. The Vista upgrader ran a disk check on it that took a few minutes.
- 1438 - The screen blanks out to black again
- 1440 - Completing upgrade 64% appears
- 1445 - Vista asks to verify my timezone
- 1451 - Vista runs a performance check
- 1501 - Vista login prompt appears
The upgrade process took about 90 minutes (I walked away or looked away a couple of times and when I returned there was a prompt or two). It would have saved a few minutes if I had turned the external hard drive off before beginning the upgrade.
So, how does the upgraded Vista PC work? Stay tuned for the next week or two to read a couple of surprises I ran into after logging in.